Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? On the calendar is it Spring Break for you? Our two-week school vacation officially begins after [home] school today. If travel was possible, we would likely be on a road trip to Spain or Portugal. So strange to think of it now! It’s like a faraway dream. Instead, this school break will be hardly noticeable — though I do think the kids will be relieved not to have home school responsibilities for a couple of weeks.
Sunday is Easter and I think this will be the most low-key holiday we’ve ever had. You’ll laugh, but we asked the kids how they wanted to celebrate and the only request was funeral potatoes (a comfort food popular among Mormons). I can’t remember the last time I made them, so it sounds like a good plan to me. Speaking of Mormons, today our church is holding a fast for worldwide COVID-19 relief. It’s a small thing but it feels good to be participating in something mindful and positive with millions of people around the world.
How about you? How are you feeling about your spring holidays? Any plans? Will you be dying eggs and having a hunt in your garden? Having a traditional meal? Face-timing with your extended family? I’d love to hear.
Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:
–This Is Trump’s Fault. The president is failing, and Americans are paying for his failures.
-Millions of people have lost their jobs — but business is booming for the lobbying industry.
-Need 5-10 minutes of pure joy? Read all of the cards on Cards Against Humanity Family Edition.
–The U.S. Should Just Send Checks—But Won’t. America’s obsession with keeping aid from the undeserving is making a bad economic crisis worse. “Even when our policies offer aid to the poor, they often require bureaucratic hoop-jumping, work requirements, or some condition that demonstrates the recipients’ need and moral uprightness.”
-Spain is working to roll out a permanent UBI (universal basic income).
-Hospitals say feds are seizing masks and other coronavirus supplies without a word.
-Why do we make children sleep alone?
-Sen. Elizabeth Warren has unveiled a massive set of proposals to overhaul voting in the U.S. “The chaos and the attempt to suppress the vote in Wisconsin should be a wake-up call for the United States Congress. We need to act immediately.”
-Brad Montague’s new book is a really good read — Becoming Better Grownups: Rediscovering What Matters and Remembering How to Fly.
Here are some tweets I saved for you:
-What hacks have you figured out to help you make it through the day?
-Do you feel these are radical beliefs?
-The responses are a record of cancellations, big and small. What thing of yours was cancelled?
-What are your thoughts on our odd primary traditions? What if every state held a primary on the same day?
-This is also disturbing.
-Does the quarantine make you less in favor, or more in favor, of leaning in?
-A thread of book recommendations that are good, but don’t require too much brain power.
-So much chaos.
-What? Does this really work?
I hope you find lots of happy moments this weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.
P.S. — Easter Candy in France.